Thank you to all who participated!
The MDA would like to thank everyone who attended Legislative Day events. All of you are truly great advocates for your profession. It was a huge success! More than a hundred legislators, doctors and dental students came together to advocate the dental profession within the great stone walls of our beautiful state Capitol.
The events started with a legislative reception at Revel, in which we were able to meet with many key legislators who, in their committees, will be handling many of the bills the MDA is watching. This time—in which we are able to discuss issues within the dental profession freely and comfortably in a relaxed atmosphere—is vital to building relationships with elected officials. Afterwards, we had a great meal at the MODentPAC dinner and a great time recognizing those who contributed at the Century Club Level. We are truly appreciative of those who support MODentPAC and encourage you reach out to your colleagues about the importance of them doing the same.
We started off Legislative Day ready to work with coffee and breakfast provided on the third floor rotunda. It wasn’t long before doctors and dental students were pounding the marble floors moving from one senator or representative’s office to the next initiating conversations, building relationships and discussing legislative issues affecting the dental profession this year. The MDA and its members filled the Capitol walls with their presence, and it was known we were there among the Legislature.
Finally, to end a successful day of advocacy, all members and dental students were invited to a leadership meeting in the President Pro Tem’s office. During this time, our members had the opportunity to bring forth our questions, concerns and issues to the leadership of the Legislature, including: President Pro Tem, Senator Ron Richard; Majority Floor Leader, Senator Mike Kehoe; Speaker of the House, Representative Todd Richardson and Governor Greitens’ Policy Director, Will Scharf. If there is doubt that they don’t listen, please click here to hear Speaker of the House, Representative Todd Richardson’s comments to the member dentist attendees after visiting with him.
These types of advocacy events are vital in making a lasting impression in the minds of the Legislature. Currently, the MDA enjoys a strong presence with the elected officials. However, with an election year coming up and nearly half the Legislature being replaced due to term limits and appointments, we will have to rebuild those positive relationships and continue branding the MDA as the state oral health authority in the legislative arena. I hope to see even more attendees next year helping us accomplish this.
If you have questions about or suggestions for Legislative Day, contact Shantel Smith at the MDA.